A higher fee is charged when you see the doctor for the first time. This is because extra time is allocated for this visit. The Medicare rebate for an initial consultation is about $70.
Subsequent / Pre-Operative Consultation
A lower fee is charged when you see the doctor again. This is because less time is usually needed once the doctor has become familiar with your condition. The Medicare rebate is about $30.
The first post-operative consultation after surgery is included in the operation fee. After the post-operative period consultation fees apply.
How will I be charged and how should I pay?
You will be issued with an invoice at the end of the consultation, and will be required to pay at the time of the visit. You may pay with cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card (American Express, MasterCard and Visa only).
If you have a WorkCover claim, you will still need to pay the full fee for the consultation on the day. Provided that your claim is current and accepted, you can then claim back $166 from WorkCover.